Fall 2020 - Litter Plans - Breeding and building a better retriever.
This year will be completely dedicated to developing our own and very new GR field line. Not just a breeder but we looking to preserve and improve the breed. Leave a legacy. We are going back to the original Golden Retriever roots...Europe. Combining some of the very best field dogs in the world. I've been researching EUR lines and found a FTA stud that has never been e-collared, is loaded with field talent, pedigree, health and titles. He has grace, beauty preserve the conformation. His natural field desire is unmatched. He's hunted and earned the EUR FTA (Field Trial Award).
His pedigree will be combined with Reya. The only female from Sky and Edge. She has an unparalleledpedigree developed over 10 years. A remarkable field and hunting female, she has the best of both Deveron/Red River Ruckus lines combined with Edge/Push Comes to Shove, the only triple champion in GR history.
Combining these field lines gives us some of the best field pedigrees in the world. Clockburn and others. Puppies will have an extremely low COI (Less than 1%) combined with natural hunting, retrieving and superior golden temperaments. A minimum of 4 pups will be added to our program. Trained, hunted and health tested, future puppies from the WM line will be available after they turn 2 years old.
Clockburn English Kennel Lines - An English women named Louise Holmes, the breeder of Clockburn kennel. She has developed some of the most prestigious field winners and oldest GR lines in the world. Her last litter was in 2018. DK.BR.CH Clockburn Clooneen field trialer of the year 2003.
The litter pedigree will be listed after the semen clears USA customs. AKC registration will be cleared and available.
GOAL: Breed the best field goldens the world has to offer. I plan to wait until pregnancy is confirmed and puppies are born before any deposits are considered. The price for any available pups would range around $5K depending on the final costs and number of pups.
The Future -
In 2019 we carefully breed and/or acquired 3 females with incredible field and hunting pedigrees.
Mia - Very dark, athletic, 4th generation WM Farms line. Brook - Muscular, full bodied female with confidence and drive. Oakley - Amazing combination of proven MACH and hunting lines. A pedigree that doesn't stop.
These females will be trained and field tested. All health testing will be completed. Look forward to litters from these 3 offering field, hunting, outdoor enthusiasts and active families.
In 2020 Windmill Farms Golden Retrievers will complete its new training facility. With over 700 acres of prime field & water topography. A state of the art building with heated floors, vet exam & operating room along with indoor training facility.
General Litter Outline
Full AKC registration is available for those who complete genetic and structural health tests. No extra cost for full registration.
COI target less than 10%
Hip and elbow 2 year guarantee
Full return policy available
Field day and training help
Deposit is 100% refundable if we don't have enough pups or the desired gender. That's right, 100% risk free deposit. Depositor my choose to roll over to the next litter. Breeder reserves the right to keep a puppy from any litter. If I have met all the above requirements and you change your mind after the pups are born, I keep your deposit.
No price games - male or female puppy cost is always the same.
Parents have been pre-screened for all commercially available genetic diseases and OFA screenings.
All adult dogs have been hunted, titled and/or trained for our usage needs. 15 years of owning, training and breeding field goldens.
Coat color will range from medium to dark golden. Coats have less feathering and are generally suited for field work.
Weight will range from 50 lbs -75 lbs
See litter general contract below.
The most visible measure of greatness is the overall effect on the breed. Is the desired attribute seen in the progeny? Retrieving Desire, Birdiness, Tractability, Trainability, Retention, Interest
What we look for in a Field Golden Athlete 1. Usage and Title History 2. Pedigree & Health & Temperament 3. Conformation, Field Coat, Size
General Litter & Puppy Information
Health - Nutrition and proper exercise all play a vital role in the development of your pup.
2 Year hip and elbow guarantee = FAIR or better OFA result
6 Week vet check and vaccinations prior to departure. We also check for heart murmurs.
OCD is generally caused by rapid growth and poor nutrition. I strongly suggest a quality, high protein large breed dog food. Slow, steady growth.
Cancer is a risk we all assume with this breed. Statistically it has or will show up in every golden retriever line. At present we are over 90% cancer free. There are things you can do to help prevent cancer. Info: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/05/18/golden-retriever-cancer.aspx
Puppies will receive human socialization, outdoor time and regular exercise.
COI target less than 10%
For breeders, full AKC registration is available for those willing to complete their standard 2 year old health checks.
Hips and elbows
Genetic blood test - review here: https://www.pawprintgenetics.com/products/breed/
Puppy Cost: Dependent on pairing
Deposit required to hold puppy: $200 (Check, Paypal accepted I don't pay for the Paypal fees.) 100% of your deposit will be returned if I don't have enough puppies or the correct gender.
Information needed when sending the deposit: Name, Cell, Email, Gender, Pick Up Plan, Usage Goals
If you simply change your mind after the puppies are born, I retain the $200 deposit
Age: 7-8 Weeks old
Pick up location Smithfield, Utah 84335
We can meet at Salt Lake City airport and deliver the puppy to you as a carry on.
Check your airline requirements for shipping puppies as cargo. Most airlines have raised the age limit to 12 weeks. You may need to make other arrangements.
Litter Expectations: Both parents have their standard health certifications. See Bios. They will not produce any genetically affected pups for the standard genetic golden retriever tests available on the market today. In addition, both parents have OFA normal elbows and GOOD hips.
I have carefully selected pedigrees and usages to produce the optimal working retriever. With a focus on size and athleticism. The success of your dogs largly depends on you. Be consistent. Be fair. These are active, working dogs. Balanced for many usage needs. They will not do well locked in an 8x10 all day.
Pick position is over-rated All breeding pairs have been trained given multiple usage experiences. We refine and reinforce their natural desire. That desire can be ruined by reckless training techniques faster than genetics. The puppies will posses all the genetic tools to help make them great. I have numerous examples of 4th-8th picked dogs that have titled and excelled. A 6th pick SH at 18 months Tala Litter 2016 comes to mind. Pick pedigrees that match your usage needs. Then train.
Color When breeding Goldens, you never know what shade of colors the parents will produce. Many dark Goldens will throw light colored pups, depending on what's in their genetics. Colors range from light to dark. Color is color. Its not a predictor for certain attributes. Some have very light colors, but technically, there is not a white Golden Retriever. A very young pup may look totally white, but as it ages, you will see a golden top coat appear. The AKC allows various, rich shades of gold. Most of my dogs are medium to dark gold with less feathering and a tight or flat field coat.
Pedigree Both parents have been professionally trained, titled and exhibited all the qualities we are looking for in a field golden retriever. Moreover, we hunt our dogs. Testing their interest, nose, marking and durability. All of which are fundamental to our program. In addition, their 10 generation pedigrees are full of field titled dogs. You're purchasing years of selective breeding and field tested dogs that are optimized for the today's active owner.
Litter Due January 3, 2020 Reya x Griz Field, Hunting, Titles Pedigree
This litter has been pre-sold out.
About the Sire: See Griz's Bio A tribute to his breed, Griz embodies the optimized working golden. He is in an elite class of Goldens that are completely clear of all genetic disease markers available for his breed, coupled with EXCELLENT hips and NORMAL elbows. An ideal sized & structured field golden providing an excellent choice for health, drive, birdiness, desire, biddable, athleticism, water attitude, handling, hunting and versatility.
About the Dam: See Reya's Bio Excellent field pedigree couple with a very athletic composition. Exceptional working dog. Extremely bird and highly motivated retriever. Few are her equal in the field.
Litter Expectations: Both parents have their standard health certification. See Bios. They will not produce any genetically affected pups for the standard genetic golden retriever tests available on the market today. In addition, both parrents have OFA normal elbow and GOOD hips. See their bio for health history. Griz is in the top 2% of GR's that along with EXCELLENT hips and normal elbows, is genetically clear of every genetic health marker. An exceptional health history.
I've carefully selected pedigrees and usages to produce the optimal working retriever. The success of your dogs largely depends on you. Be consistent. Be fair. These are active, working dogs. Balanced for many usage needs. They will not do well locked in an 8x10 all day.
Pick position is overrated: All breeding pairs have been trained and provided multiple usage experiences. We refine and reinforce their natural desire. That desire can be ruined by reckless training techniques faster than genetics. The puppies will possess all the genetic tools to help make them great. I have numerous examples of 4th-8th picked dogs that have titled and excelled. A 6th pick SH at 18 months Tala Litter 2016 comes to mind. Pick pedigrees that match your usage needs. Then train.
Color When breeding Goldens, you never know what shade of colors the parents will produce. Many dark goldens will throw light colored pups, depending on what's in their genetics. Colors range from light to dark. Color is color. Its not a predictor for certain attributes. Some have very light colors, but technically, there is not a white golden retriever. A very young pup may look totally white, but as it ages, you will see a golden top coat appear.The AKC allows various, rich shades of gold. Most of my dogs are medium to dark gold with less feathering and a tight or flat field coat.
Pedigree Both parents have been professionally trained and exhibited all the qualities we are looking for in a field golden retriever. Moreover, we upland hunt our dogs. Testing their interest, nose, marking and durability. All of which are fundamental to our program. In addition, their 10 generation pedigrees are full of field titled dogs. You're purchasing years of selective breeding and field tested dogs that are optimized for the today's active owner.
I'm often asked about puppy stimulation and what I do to help prepare them for life as a new family member of your family.
According to an article written by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia: "Surprising as it may seem, it isn't capacity that explains the differences that exist between individuals because most seem to have far more capacity than they will ever use. The differences that exist between individuals seem to be related to something else. The ones who achieve and outperform others seem to have within themselves the ability to use hidden resources. In other words, it's what they are able to do with what they have that makes the difference. In many animal breeding programs, the entire process of selection and management is founded on the belief that performance is inherited. Attempts to analyze the genetics of performance in a systematic way have involved some distinguished names such as Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. But it has only been in recent decades that good estimates of heritability of performance have been based on adequate data......Other studies involving early stimulation exercises have been successfully performed on both cats and dogs. In these studies, the Electrical Encephalogram (EEG) was found to be ideal for measuring the electrical activity in the brain because of its extreme sensitivity to changes in excitement, emotional stress, muscle tension, changes in oxygen and breathing. EEG measures show that pups and kittens when given early stimulation exercises mature at faster rates and perform better in certain problem solving tests than non-stimulated mates."
While the research continues to provide us with critical data, rather than theory, I take a very straight forward approach.
#1. I expose them to as many children as possible. From the time my pups are a few days old until they leave, we handle them especially after 3 weeks. Naturally, children push, play, wrestle and approach life very differently than adults. Kids and pups just go together. It just works.
#2 We live in the foot hills on just shy of 1 acre. I have a vegetable garden, wood shed, lawn mower, tiller, fruit trees, 4" irrigation system so, the pups get exposed to every site and sound related to the country living. Many of the litters are born in the fall, winter or spring....its cold here, we have snow and they experience their environment so that when you go hunting or camping or walking or whatever you do with your new pup, they've most likely experienced some element of that situation. They're allowed to explore their world. This is not a puppy farm, they get to explore their world of sites, smells and sounds.
#3 I have a 18 year old son who spends a lot of time with your future pup. From birth to departure, Carson can tell you a lot about every pup we raise. He names each one, in every litter and spends so much time with them that by 8 weeks he knows them by site, movement and conditions. Its incredible. We call him the young dog whisperer. He can tell you their likes, how they act, who's dominate and so on. If you have questions about the puppies, I encourage all future owners to speak seriously with him about your new pup. He offers insights that I can't offer.
The decision to bring a golden retriever into your home is one that will have a profound effect on your life. Puppies are adorable but they grow up. Buy a pup because you want great companion & friend. For dog and owner satisfaction our pups should go to active homes. Whichever way you look at it, 60+ lbs. of furry dog can't help but make an impact in your life. They are considered a large breed so make sure you’re ready for the time and commitment needed before taking the plunge. They don’t do well when chained or left alone for hours in a 6x10 kennel day after day. This is torture to a Golden so don’t bother calling unless you have the time, patience and facilities to accommodate such a dog. Golden Retrievers are bred with brains, beauty, love for people of all ages, good health, and a desire to work. So why do I mention all this? Picking a puppy is serious stuff. After all you’re making a decision that will last the next 10-15 years. If you’re looking for a quality purebred Golden, don’t go BARGAIN HUNTING. Whether you purchase a puppy from me or not, find a responsible breeder, breeding good dogs with health clearances and conformance to breed standards. They’re an expense; so fall in love with a well-bred puppy. As individual puppy personalities vary, we will try and match the golden to your wants and needs. This can be done best after a few weeks when they are up and going. If this type of golden fits your activity level and lifestyle, give us a call or email.